“Believe” at Ave. 50 Studio

Jun 11, 2014

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“Three years ago I was blessed and honored to be awarded an artist fellowship from the Sacatar Foundation in Bahía, Brazil. I was profoundly moved by my experiences there—the warmly welcoming community, the rich cultural mixing, the palpable spiritually—and they have seeped continuously into my artwork ever since,” writes artist J Michael Walker.

His newest (and largest, 7 x 8 feet) piece, Spirit-led, Spirit-fed in Bahía: an Autobiographical Landscape (above), is a part of Avenue 50 Studio‘s upcoming exhibit “Belief.”

He will join artists Kim Abeles, June Edmonds, Miguel Angel Murillo, Patricia Gay, and Noni Olabisi at an opening reception on Saturday, June 14th.

Kim Abeles joins and mixes “hand-crafted materials with digital representations” that survey and examine biography, geography, and environment. She was awarded a 2013 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Her permanent public art can be seen on King Boulevard, the California Science Center, the Robert F. Kennedy Schools (formerly the historic Ambassador Hotel), and Armory Center for the Arts.

“The days always bring news of turmoil, decay, cruelty and greed. People and artists, gentle souls that they are, cling to hope, benevolence and reasons to believe! The artists in this exhibit take task and made works which address this notion of faith” – Jose Lozano, guest curator.

Print by Kalli Arte

Print by Kalli Arte

Saturday, June 14th, 7-10 p.m.
Exhibit runs through July 5th
131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park 90042
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Avenue 50 Studio
, or call 323.258.1435


Miracle by Noni Olabisi; photo by Connie Martin Trevino


In Avenue 50 Studio’s Annex Gallery is “The Caridad Project – with Everyone and for the Good of Some.”

Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, fine artist living and working in Havana, Cuba and Tanya Lucia Bernard, fine artist living and working in Los Angeles, pilgrimaged across Cuba in a performance art piece that launched this past September. They began in Havana with a destination point of Santiago de Cuba wheeling a 6′ 5″ tall sculptural representation of the Patron Saint of Cuba, ‘La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre.’ The documentary photographic journal in our Annex Room explores Luis and Tanya’s months-long trek. (Official text, Avenue 5o Studio)

Sculpture by Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara; photography by Tanya Lucia Bernard

Sculpture by Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara; photography by Tanya Lucia Bernard




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